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Read Part I of Slang Words & Acronyms Teens Use to Conceal Drug Use

In Part I of this two-part series, we learned about many recreational drugs and the slang words that teens may be using to conceal drug use. Part II addresses the misuse of pills and other prescriptions, as well as other drug slang terms and acronyms teens use to conceal drug use.

Pills and Other Prescriptions

Teens easily find prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs at home, friends’ homes and dealers. They are easily one of the most abused substances. Different prescriptions have different slang terms.

General Slang Terms for Prescriptions

Candy, yellow jackets, ludes, pep pills, red devils, co-pilots, blue devils, bumblebees, yellows, hearts.

Vicodin Slang Terms

Fluff, scratch, vikes, idiot pills, hydro, norco, Watson 387, viko

Lortab Slang Terms

Tab, hydro, norco. Also known as vikes or viko


Oxy, hillbilly heroin, poor man’s heroin, pills, kicker, cotton, OCs, Ox, Os, Oxy, blue, 40, 40-bar, and 80


Percs, paulas, roxicotten, roxi’s, blue dynamite, cets, 512s

Fentanyl Patches

Fentanyl, china girl, TNT, murder 8, tango and cash, apache, dance fever, china town, goodfella, jackpot

Benzodiazepines – Ativan (Lorazepam), Xanax (Alprazolam), Valium (Diazepam), Klonopine (Clonazepam) are the most common.

These medications are often prescribed for anxiety. They are easily abused because tolerance develops quickly as well as physical dependence. These medications are in the same class as alcohol so they are essentially alcohol in a pill. Requires a safe medical detox.


While prescribed to help people come off other drugs, these can be obtained on the street. Slang terms include methadose, dollies, done, dolls, meth, phy, junk, metho, jungle juice, fizzies, chocolate chip cookies, maria, amidone, pastora, salvia, wafer, and juice.

Other commonly abused prescription drugs include Darvocet, Demerol, Dilaudid, Percodan and more.

Other Slang Terms in the Drug World

These terms are associated with a variety of drugs.

A-boot: Under the influence of drugs

Agonies: Withdrawal symptoms

Author: Doctor that writes illegal prescriptions

Honeymoon: Early stages of drug use, before becoming addicted

Hype Stick: Hypodermic needle

Miss: To inject a drug

Paper bag: Container for drugs

Pharming: Taking a combination of prescription drugs

Piggybacking: Injecting two or more different drugs together

Tweak Mission: On a mission to find crack

Find Help for Your Teen

If your teen seems to be speaking another language and you suspect drugs are to blame, we can help. Contact our staff at Sober Houston to learn what your next steps should be.